Have you ever seen Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest? You should, one, because it's fascinating, and two, because director and producer Michael Rapaport manages to make some of it About Him in only a way that Michael Rapaport can. Anyway, in it, Q-Tip discusses his mindset after the group's mind-blowing debut album, Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm: "They were talking about a sophomore jinx. Sophomore jinx? What the fuck is that? I'm going to make the Low End Theory." Their follow-up record is one of the greatest albums of all time.
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At the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum writes a terrific piece about the retroactive reduction of Sex and the City to a pun-laded guilty pleasure. She defends the show's place within the canon of complex prestige cable series as well as Carrie Bradshaw's status as the "unacknowledged first female anti-hero on television," and reminds us how far away the SATC cast were from the bright-eyed, sweet and manageably tenacious Mary Tyler Moores that had come before them:
Carrie and her friends—Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte—were odder birds by far, jagged, aggressive, and sometimes frightening figures, like a makeup mirror lit up in neon. They were simultaneously real and abstract, emotionally [...]